Depression is a difficult trial to endure. God has promised to carry us through each trial. In this Bible study on depression, God’s Bible promises will shine a light of hope to carry you through.
God is Here for You in the Present
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” (Psalm 130:1-2, NIV)
God hears our cries for help in the midst of depression.
1. Have you been depressed?
2. Describe a trial of depression you have experienced.
3. How has God answered your cries for help?
Journaling can be Used as a Form of Prayer
You can address it to God. You can then release all of your concerns to God. You can then end it on a positive note with at least one thing you are thankful for.
1. Have you found journaling helpful in communicating with God?
God is Here for You When You are Feeling Weak
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NIV)
1. What heavy burdens are you carrying that you need to give to God?
2. How has depression affected your life?
3. Make a list of good things that you enjoy doing. Can you see how these things could help you when you are depressed?
God has Hope for You in the Future
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)
1. How do you see hope in your future?
2. How would you like your life to be?
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, NIV)
1. How does this verse make you feel?
2. Can you see how God will bring any of this all together for good? If so, how?
God Will Carry You through the Depression, Never Leaving Your Side (Even When it Feels Like It)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV)
One hope we can cling to during depression is that God will comfort us and carry us through the depression. When we get through to the other side, or even in the midst of it, we can comfort others struggling with depression. One way to help others is to join a support group.
1. Is there a depression support group you can join in your town or local church?
2. How would your experience of depression help you in the group to help others?
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27, NIV)
May God bless you and grant you peace of mind from depression.